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2003 ford: change my ac clutch..dohc..hood [when driving

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I want to change my AC clutch on my 2003 ford tauurs DOHC w 128K miles. I hear an odd noise from under the hood [when driving] only when the AC is on. At first I thought it was the transmission but it only makes the noise when the AC is on. Its a short intermittant sound, almost like a "bump" or "burp", only when RPMS are above 2K and driving along.

Looks like there is a 8mm nut holding on the outer friction plate. The friction plate is covered in a black film/dust which i assume is from the clutch plate.

Any thoughts ?
Is there also a snap/retaining ring holding on the pully ?
Do you have any specific directions and or pictures for replacing ?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 6 years ago.
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john aka eauto
by the time you buy the speciality tools it would be cheaper to replace the compressor...the compressor needs to be removed to change the clutch....I would strongly suggest a compressor...its the most cost effective way
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

john - the ac works fine - very cold.


seems a lot of people just replace the clutch without the expense of a compressor.


what specails tools are you refering to ? snap ring plyers ?


Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 6 years ago.